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Forbes - "10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science" by Emily Willingham
"How pseudoscience tries to fool you"

"Sufficient proof: Look to television for the answer?"
"How To Sell Magic Beans" by Steven Novella
"I Want to Believe" by Michael Shermer
"The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science" by ROBERT L. PARK
"7 High Tech Products And Their Cheap Ass Ingredients" By Ian Fortey
"Martin Gardner’s Signs of a Crank" by Brian Dunning
"The Natural and the Supernatural" by Michael Shermer
"Cranks, quacks, and peer review" by David Gorski
"Everbody’s an Expert" by Mark Edward
“There must be a reason,” or how we support our own false beliefs by David Gorski
5 Ridiculous Ancient Beliefs (That Thrive on the Internet)
"10 Flimsy Paranoramal Hoaxes Everyone Bought Into"
"7 Bizarre Unsolved Mysteries"
"Anal Ventriloquism for Dummies"
Discovery News - "Superstitious Beliefs Cemented Before Birth" by Jennifer Viegas
"6 Popular Monsters Myths (That Prove Humanity Is Doomed)" By David Wong
"The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" By AJ Mell
"On the Origin of Superstitions" By Jesse Galef
"Great Moments in False Advertising"
"5 Superpowers You Didn't Know Your Body Was Hiding From You" By Brian Thompson
"Uncertainty in Science: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug" by Julia Galef
Rational Alchemy podcast (12/05/2009) - Interview with Paranormal Investigator Joe Nichol
"Times of India: Chicken bones and black magic cannot harm you" by Sanal Edamaruku
"Lying Liars and their Lying Lies" by Mark Crislip
"I Can Fly" by Steven Novella
"Science: How To Fake It"
"10 Famous Unsolved Mysteries Easily Explained by Science" By: Pauli Poisuo, M. Asher Cantrell
‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results by Richard Wiseman
“7 'Ancient' Forms of Mysticism That Are Recent Inventions” By C. Coville
"Sleep Paralysis" by Steven Novella
"6 Insane Superstitions That Are Still Shockingly Influential" by Jesse Clark & Steve Hanley
"5 Popular Beliefs That Are Holding Humanity Back" By David Wong

"The Decline Effect" by Steven Novella
"The Decline Effect Revisited" by Steven Novella
Is the "decline effect" really so mysterious? by Orac

Pseudoscience terminology:
"the science terminology abuse top five"
"Top 10 Words and Phrases Ruined By Alt Med"

How denialists, pseudo-scientists, and other cranks operate:
False Balance:
"David & Goliath: A Dramatic Role Reversal Spurred On By The Media" by Val Jones

The "Conflict of Interest" Gambit:
An Alex Jones Kool-Aid drinker's crazy response to The New Republic for writing an article critical of Jones

Skeptics Guide To The Universe podcast Episode #109 - Lecture by Perry DeAngeles about pseudoscience

The Eyes of Nye: Pseudoscience:

From Brian Brushwood's lecture, "Scams, Sasquatch and the Supernatural":
(Exposes shortchanging, pseudoscience, Astrology & Divination, UFOs, Scams, Sasquatch & the Supernatural, Crop Circles, Bigfoot and Cryptozoology, Spiritualism, Table Tipping and Dowsing, Talking to the Dead, ESP and Probability, Homeopathy, Magnets, and Quackery, The Placebo Effect and Psychic Surgery)

Dan Kahan: Cultural Dissensus Over Scientific Consensus | CFI Leadership Conference 2011:

Sharon Hill - Sounds Sciencey (from Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS):

Documentary: "Marjoe"

"Scientists prove how hauntings are all in the head" By Sarah Knapton

"Exorcisms often claim most the innocent -- our children" By Benjamin Radford


Derren Brown - Miracles for Sale:

Science-Based Medicine 101:
"Science-Based Medicine 101: How To Establish A Source’s Credibility" by Val Jones
"Science-Based Medicine 101: Reproducibility" by Val Jones

" Think Atheist Radio Show 21 - Pseudoscience & Supernatural"

The Infidel Guy - Naturalism, Free Will & Determinsm
Tom Clark, from The Center for Naturalism, is the guest and discusses his book, "Encountering Naturalism" as well as the subject of determinism vs. free will.

CFIUK and BHA presents Beyond the Veil - CHRIS FRENCH on Spirits on the brain:

Dowsing & The Idiomotor Effect:

Danish psychic/dowser Connie Sonne tested
Information on Ideomotor Effect

Dowsing Challenge - Connie Sonne at TAM 7:

The Mighty Mitta Muster Water Divining Test 2002:



"The Power of Faith and Prayer?" by Steven Novella

Debunking Martial Arts "No-Touch Knockouts":

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Martial Arts pseudoscience - John Rennie - SkeptiCamp 2010:


"Hidden Messages and The Bible Code" by David E. Thomas
"?eb ecneicsitna nac yfoog woH" by Phil Plait (about reversing speech)

NY Times - "Is That Jesus in Your Toast?" by By ANA GANTMAN and JAY VAN BAVE

"Phrenology - History of a Science and Pseudoscience" by Steven Novella
"Woosceptibility: A Brief Interview With James Randi" by Val Jones

"Podcast People" by Mark Edward

Richard Dawkins - Enemies of Reason Part 2:

From the DVD "Break The Science Barrier" by Richard Dawkins:

"Perpetual Motion Revisited" by Steven Novella

NY Times - "For Some Seeking Rebirth, Sweat Lodge Was End" By JOHN DOUGHERTY
"The Mind Games of James Ray"
The actual website of Trudeau's "Your Wish Is Your Command" scam (a knock-off of The Secret)
Newsweek - "The Powerless" by Jerry Adler
A horrifying breast cancer "testimonial" for "holistic" treatment, finale by Orac
A horrifying breast cancer "testimonial" for "holistic" treatment: Robert O. Young responds by Orac
CNN - "Emotional witness describes horror outside sweat lodge"
CNN - "Inside the sweat lodge: Witnesses describe a ritual gone wrong" By Ann O'Neill

"How do levitating street performers work?"

"Biocentrism Pseudoscience" By Steven Novella
"Robert Lanza’s Quantum Woo" By Steven Novella

"Disturbed patient, disturbing therapy by St. Cloud psychologist"

Skeptic's Dictionary - "facilitated communication (FC)"
"Communicating with the Locked-In" by Steven Novella
"Man in Coma 23 Years – Is He Really Conscious?" by Steven Novella
"Dr. Laureys Responds Regarding Man in Coma" by Steven Novella
"Communicating with the Locked-In" by Steven Novella
"Newsweek Article on Rom Houben Case" by Steven Novella

Dababase of Steven Novella's many superb articles about Dualism "Fantasy is powerful, especially if you're a delusional idiot like Chopra" by PalMD
"Study Narrows Gap Between Mind And Brain" by Jon Hamilton
"What about information?" by Massimo Pigliucci
"Kurzweil vs Myer on Brain Complexity" by Steven Novella
"The Motivated Reasoning of Egnorance" by Steven Novella
"Still More Misdirection and Illogic from Egnor" by Steven Novella

Wikipedia - "Near death experience"
Discovery News - "Brain Waves Surge Moments Before Death" by Irene Klotz
Science Daily - Carbon Dioxide May Explain 'Near Death Experiences'
"Near Death Experiences and the Medical Literature" by Mark Crislip
"NDE Update" by Mark Crislip
"Why Near-Death Experiences Are a Flimsy Justification for the Idea That We Have Immortal Souls" by Greta Christina

"Chopra Mangles Quantum Mechanics – Again" by Steven Novella
"Quantum Everything” by PZ Myers
Rationally Speaking podcast - "Fluffy Thinking”

The Skeptic's Dictionary - "Deepak Chopra”
"Deepak Chopra does it again” by PZ Myers
"The trouble with Deepak Chopra, part II” by Orac
"The Trouble with Deepak Chopra, Part 3: More Choprawoo” by Orac
"Fantasy is powerful, especially if you're a delusional idiot like Chopra" by PalMD
"Deepak’s Upgrade to God 2.0" by Michael Shermer
"Deepak Chopra's God 2.0" by Michael Shermer
"The New Spirituality" by Vic Stenger
"God 2.0: Is the deity a nonlocal quantum mind?” by Michael Shermer

"Ugh… I read something by Deepak Chopra” By The Quixotic Man

Righteous Indignation podcast episode 22 - Interview w/ David Griffin (begins at 49:20 mark)
Wikipedia - "Philadelphia Experiment"

"The Fraud of Turin" BY Joe Nickell

"Brain-Training Products Useless in Study" BY Steven Novella

"More Cold Fusion” by Steven Novella

"Oh Nessie … Not Again!” By Evan Bernstein
"What the devil is this thing spotted in New Jersey? (UPDATED: Solved)”

Spontanous Human Combustion:
"Spontanous Human Stupidity” By Steven Novella

Polygraph Test:
"The Polygraph Has Been Lying for 80 Years” Brandy Zadrozny

Random Pseudoscience:
“Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style May Not Help Students” by David Glenn

Random selection of videos exposing pseudoscience:

Other pseudoscience:
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science - Robert Park
"The Mysterious Case of Mirin Dajo, the Human Pincushion" by Brian Dunning
"6 Spectacularly Bad Ideas From History's Greatest Geniuses" By Cole Gamble
"Pseudo-science and airport security" by Maggie Koerth-Baker
"Brain Scan Lie Detectors" By Steven Novella
"More Trouble for Brain Training" By Steven Novella
Science Daily - "Lie Detection: Misconceptions, Pitfalls and Opportunities for Improvement"
"Famed Magnetic Boy Is Probably Just Very Sticky"
"Pure, Slick Pseudoscience" By Steven Novella

And to see more alleged instances of the supernatural or paranormal exposed, see scienceofscams.com

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